Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.



Information and communication technologies

The progress in information and communication technologies (ICT) has been mainly led by mobile telephony, and less in terms of Internet connectivity. Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 population in Asia-Pacific grew rapidly from 15.6 in 2003 to 88.8 in 2013. However, the annual growth rate has been steadily falling from 29.4% in 2003 to 5.0% in 2013. In 2013, the regional average in mobilecellular subscriptions per 100 population continued to lag behind the world average (92.6) and other developing regions, such as Latin America and the Caribbean (114.5). There are large inequalities among countries and subregions. For example, in 2013, there were 137.7 mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 population in North and Central Asia. At the national level, Cambodia (133.9), Malaysia (144.7) and Thailand (138.0) were higher than the European average (124.5) for this indicator.


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